A backup is only a backup as long as you have the originals. Delete those and a backup is your only copy. Which means that you have no backup any more.
See if putting the drive in a new box helps.
Hi and thanks in advance, oh wise ones.
Despite my best precautions, my home laptop finally caught a virus I couldn't remove, so eventually I decided to reformat (WinXP). I made sure to back up everything I needed onto my SimpleTech Pininfarina 320GB external drive, which I've been using for a year with no problems.
When I tried to get my old files back from the drive...I ran into problems. Windows is recognizing a new drive...it even calls it by name in the Device Manager...but it's either not showing up in "my computer", or when it does show up, if I click on it, it just hangs up my system. The drive also tends to randomly hang up the system just from being on...when I turn it off suddenly everything kicks back into gear.
I assumed the problem was the fault of my reformat, but when I brought the drive into work and plugged it into my 2-week-old desktop (also XP) it's the same story. I took apart the case and made sure all connections were solid but it was no help.
I'm at the end of my rope here as there is a lot of important stuff on that drive, like all my kids' baby photos. In the time between everything being loaded on and the problem arising the drive was not moved from the desk or otherwise suffer any impact.